Member of Parliament for South Dayi, Rockson-Nelson Daferamekpor has noted that the respondents in the ongoing election petition hearing at the Supreme Court do not want to mount the witness box because they fear all the infractions in last year’s elections will be exposed.
He said in a twee that “The truth is that the Respondents have agreed to not take the witness stand because the massive infractions that characterized the Presidential Elections in Dec 2020 would have been baldy exposed. That is why President Nana Addo too is afraid to lead any evidence on his winning.”
He added “he Respondents filed their respective Answers & indicated how many witnesses to call. Subsequently, they filed their respective Witness Statements but refused to lead any evidence even though the witnesses are Competent & Compellable. So how would they Address the Court?”
Meanwhile, during proceedings in court on Monday February 22, lead counsel of the petitioner in the ongoing election petition hearing Tsatsu Tsikata has yet again made a case for the Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling on Tuesday, February 16.
The seven justices of the apex court of Ghana unanimously dismissed the application of the petitioner, John Dramani Mahama, for the case to be re-opened in order to subpoena the Chair of the Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC), the First Respondent, to testify in court as a “hostile witness”.
On Monday, February 22, Mr Tsikata questioned the basis of the ruling, saying the justices themselves were surprised when the First Respondent closed its case without calling its witness, Jean Adukwei Mensah, to testify.
Mr Tsikata said the justices may have their reasons for the decision to dismiss the application but “it is the ruling of the panel that we are here to question”.
“I am not in the minds of the panel,” he stressed.
He further argued that for Mrs Mensa to have filed a witness statement meant that she was committed to mount the witness box.
“We have no reason to say she was not telling the truth,” he said.
For him, the Holy Bible should guide the nine justices reviewing the case, quoting Hosea 8:7.
It states: “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.”
He concluded: “May each of the lordships decide based on your conscience and your judicial oath.”
Counsels for the respondents – Justin Amenuvor for the First Respondent and Akoto Ampaw for the Second Respondent – asked the Court to set aside the review application since it does not merit its prayer.
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana